Throwback Thursday: Aldgate Pump, London

Aldgate Pump is a water pump at the junction between Fenchurch Street and Leadenhall Street in London. It was moved there from its original location in 1876. It was famed for its clear sparkling water but in the 1870s it was discovered the water was being contaminated by organic matter from new cemeteries built along its route which resulted in the deaths of several hundred people in what was known as the Aldgate Pump Epidemic.

I was most intrigued by this lovely wolf’s head sculpture – supposedly (and this should probably be taken with a large amount of salt) – this sculpture represents the location where the last wolf in London was killed.

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